For a while after I discovered the wonderful Internet, I was into graphics. I used them in art, I made greeting cards, I just plain hoarded them. I ran into a bunch of these lovely circus banners, which appeal to many of my crazy interests. Freaks, art, decorating (people spend a lot of money to hang this treasures in their homes), just a lot of appeal. So I used Sweet Marie for my profile pic for a while, but my husband that it was demeaning to me, since I’m a big girl myself. But I couldn’t completely let go of Marie. Then one day I saw a call for stories about the freak show. Sweet Marie popped into my head, and I was writing! I just couldn’t have Marie sitting gorging while people jeered at her. Not my Marie! So I made her sexy and bold and what do you know? It worked out pretty well.